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Ivy Preparatory Academy

Charter | 6-11 & ungraded | 360 students

Our school is best known for our scholars academic achievement.

 
 

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2013:
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2012:
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Posted August 20, 2014

Im surprise of the poston 8-3-14 , I'm looking for a middle school for my daughthers next year, and evrything look good the crct testing scores look good . so know im am like woow what shud i do . keep reseaching i guess. M.S
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2014

My child started at Ivy Prep in the fall of 2011. It started off as a very stable environment for her. As time went on, I wasn't so sure. I started to become more involved with the school, and I'm telling you: Ivy Prep is not what it seems if you're on the outside looking in. There are tons of distractions such as students with IEPs, constant interruptions, and under qualified teachers. If you value your daughters education, send her elsewhere. Do not fall under Ivy Prep's facade. I also noticed a lot of incidents of nepotism and favoritism throughout our journey. The administration are false, the teachers are false, and the school itself is false. Ivy Prep is a NO!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2014

I truly believe that what you as a parent invest in your child's education, you get back! My daughter attends Ivy Prep Academy, and had a great year academically and socially. Given the financial resources, made available to the school, I feel that Ivy Prep has done a good job at helping to educate my daughter. The curriculum for the most part is more hands on, which works well for my child. There were a number of opportunities for cultural and academic field trips. I can see areas that need improvement, i.e. parental involvement (come to meetings and give useful feedback and help out), and the need for an incentive program to retain good, quality teachers. Parents, invest in your children's education, with time and effort, and stop expecting the schools to do all of the work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2014

I think in the beginning they had the best intention to create a school with an outstanding learning environment but due to the ongoing battle with the school board, Ivy Prep was NEVER able to offer a strong curriculum. The main problem with this "charter" is that they make parents believe they have a "college preparatory" curriculum and all their classes are extremely rigorous but trust me, that's not the case. Just because they can get high scores on the CRCT that does not mean it is a solid school. In fact, mine is going to high school & we learned she is 2 years behind in math. She is a straight A student and scores above average in the CRCT! I had a very long chat with the school counselor from my scholar's new high school and she tells me that Ivy Girls have a rough time and usually underperform (especially in math). My scholar is now taking summer classes to catch up! Don't let this be you for the love of God! Don't be fooled by this scam! I feel sorry for all the Ivy Girls that are doing high school, they have no clue... All that glitters is NOT gold....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2014

I'd like to say there isn't a perfect school for 100 percent of the attending students. You can't expect the school that your child attends to correct ALL problems. That's where you as a parent come in. Middle school is the most difficult time for young girls. If you are expecting Ivy Prep to parent your child and the teachers at Ivy to become your child hero, I think you may want to reevaluate yourself as a parent. You should be your child's hero. Ivy is not drama free.. The world isn't either.. nor is GC public schools. Let's make realistic expectations of Ivy Prep. I know I am.. I just received my daughter's acceptance on Friday, and my daughter is excited. She's never had any behavior problems nor academic issues, and I don't expect that to change at Ivy Prep. Yes I've heard the horror stories about bullying, drama, etc... but that exist at all schools...ie; Woodward Academy. .SACA..Atlanta International etc.. Be a part of a solution not a contributor to the problem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2014

great school.especially the 8th grade science teacher, Ms.Clarke. she does teach at a very fast pace and is a great teacher.i used to go to ivy prep but i had to leave because it was too far away from home. i was an 8th grade student and she was my favorite teacher. R.A


Posted March 3, 2014

Ivy Preparatory Academy has been an amazing place for me to grow as an educator. We are truly focused on our mission. Our Mission is more than just a placard placed on our walls. It is engrained in everything that we do. We are a school that provides a very structured environment for adolescent girls to thrive. I have enjoyed working here and watching the scholars grow into young women who are ready for anything.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 3, 2014

This school is a great place that provides structure and great instruction! Ivy Prep's teachers are phenomenal and provide truly organic instruction that can not be found in a text book. The teachers and administrators have high expectations of all scholars, while providing a warm and nurturing environment. Ivy Prep is a great choice for your daughter!


Posted March 3, 2014

My daughter attends IPA and what I love most about the school is how much her teachers care about her success. Sometimes when she loses motivation, there is always a teacher who encourages her and reminds her of her abilities. Unlike her large school in Gwinnett, her teachers at IPA do not accept failure or low expectations of their students. My daughter is not just another student at IPA. Her teachers know who she is as a person and that makes me as a parent feel like she is in the right place!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2014

This is a wonderful school to work for! It is full of mission-fit educators who are intentional about serving scholars, closing the achievement gap, and loving kids. We are relatively new, and look for educators who have what to improve our schools and server our students. For parents, who are looking for a great learning institutions this is the place for you!!!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 25, 2014

I am currently going through the enrollment process. Three phone calls and three emails later I still don't have an answer to my questions. This is a tough process (choosing a new school), but unfortunately or fortunately IVY Prep is making this decision easier. The Principal came to our school and gave a great talk.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2014

Ivy Prep is a unique school, they not only believe in the mission preparing scholars to enter and succeed in college, but they teach the mission daily. Limited distractions and middle school drama. All girls 100% Free College Prep Mission Family Environment


Posted August 22, 2013

Excellent school. If you are looking for free education with private school quality, Ivy Prep is the school for you. Students are addressed as scholars and treated with dignity. Teacher actually want to be there and there is free after school help! No other school for my scholars!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2013

Wonderful school - they really are preparing young ladies for college and life!!! Our daughter has blossomed in her 3 years attending school there. They instill avoojntsbility and responsibility for actions and truly push and challenge students to the next level in a creative effective manner.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2013

The school is okay. I mean there is alot of drama but thats what you get by putting a bunch of girls together! Ivy is very good academically, I came in a B C student and im going to 7 th grade an A A+ student (and I was no teachers faveorite!) To the parent that wrote that there are no connections classes such as spainish and P.E. ....THERE ARE! They have spainish taught by Ms. Deloach, P.E. taught by Dr. Waller, Cheerleading coached by Ms. Dudek, Basketball coached by Coach Comer and Dr. Waller, Art Club taught by Ms. Marcovich, knitting and crochet club taught by Ms. Chatel and Ms. Dudek, Student Government, Future Buisiness Leaders of America, and MORE! Ivy Prep is a great school. Of corse you have you occasional drama, but thats because of three things... Its ALL GIRLS, Its a new school, and girls are trying to make themselves known by seeing who's the "baddest". But when you do look back at the year you see great SCHOLARS winning awards at Ivy Honors (I won the Social Studies award, The all A's award, and 'Most Likely to Win an Oscar.) The school will allow your kid to change herself for the better, your kid may just be choosing to focus on other people.


Posted June 23, 2013

I'm sorry to hear from the parents who had bad experiences at Ivy Prep. I can say firsthand that the faculty and staff of the school take the mission very personally, and the school's record of achievement speaks for itself. Ivy Prep consistently outperform Gwinnett County Public Schools on the CRCT in nearly all subjects areas. For example, in 2012 in the 6th grade alone, the percentage of scholars who met or exceeded standards was 100% in reading, 99% in ELA, 95% in math, 94% in social studies, and 92% in science. In addition, Ivy Prep was the only middle school in Gwinnett County designated "Highest Performing" by the Georgia Department of Education. To be classified as highest-performing, a school s test scores and graduation rates must fall in the top five percent among Title I schools for three consecutive years. With all that said, I know the school is constantly working to improve and welcomes any constructive dialogue from parents that will help make the school even better.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 10, 2013

This school is terrible! Period. Just terrible. We had to transfer our daughter after many many dissappointments. Our daughter WAS NOT learning and mastering anything. A big dissappointment. They talk a good game to get you to enroll, but they greatly fall short of delivery and execution!!! Do not waste your time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2013

We pulled our daughter from Ivy Prep after the 3rd nine weeks this year, which was more than a fair opportunity for Ivy Prep to have proved it's marketing and mission to us and to our daughter - which it had failed to do on all accounts. Unfortunately, I can attest to ALL of the claims of the parent posting on May 17, 2012. In the beginning, Ivy Prep promised a rigorous, college prep education. Our daughter rarely brought home homework and because they do not teach with books, it was difficult to study independently for upcoming tests or quizzes. Grades were weighted in favor of daily work significantly more than testing, which seems a poor way of gauging how well material is being mastered. Our daughter, formerly an A-B student, was doing poorly on tests at Ivy Prep but her overall grades were still B's, and she wasn't learning the material, and did poorly on the CRCT pre-tests, along with the rest of her class. Facilities are marginal, there is no nurse, and student conduct (which they sold us on as being rigid and respectful) was horrid. Many fights and abusive, foul language used by students constantly, all of which are "hushed up" by administration. VERY disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2012

WARNING:DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD HERE if you care about their academic future. My daughter just wrapped up her second year here Lots of empty promise and smoke and mirror routines of what the parents should expect academically. The school day is 1hr longer and there isn't any type of second languages, P.E. or anything outside of the general mandatory classes. There is also an immense about of fights that are kept hush hush amongst the staff and students. This will leave your child overwhelmed and no longer enthused about school as it has done mines. I have watch this school pretend to be a "junior college" but its more of a publicity stunt. I entered the Ivy world exited but I am leaving disappointed as school is a intricate part of a child's life development and college preparation. DON'T SEND YOUR CHILD HERE.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2012

it is a good school and my daughter loves it and so does her bff
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 92% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 96% in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 78% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 93% in 2013.

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The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 95% in 2013.

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The state average for Science was 85% in 2013.

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The state average for Social Studies was 83% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 94% in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 97% in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

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The state average for Social Studies was 78% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 82% in 2012.

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In 2011-2012 Georgia administered the Middle Grades Writing Assessment (MGWA) to students in grades 5 and 8. The MGWA is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2011.

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About the tests


In 2010-2011 Georgia administered the Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT) in English language arts, math, science and social studies to students in grade 11. The GHSGT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. Students must pass all parts of the GHSGT in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 95% in 2013.

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In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Georgia High School Writing Test (GHSWT) to students in grade 11. The GHSWT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. Students must pass the GHSWT in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

9th Grade Literature

The state average for 9th Grade Literature was 86% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 30% in 2013.

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American Literature

The state average for American Literature was 91% in 2013.

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Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

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Coordinate Algebra

The state average for Coordinate Algebra was 37% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Economics

The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2013.

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Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 29% in 2013.

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Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 59% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Physical Science

The state average for Physical Science was 83% in 2013.

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The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered End-of-Course Tests (EOCT) in 9th grade math levels 1 and 2, biology, United States history, physical science, American literature and economics. The EOCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Special education coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Arabic languages
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
School facilities
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 4:00 pm
School Leader's name
  • Joy Treadwell
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
  • website contact us
Gender
  • All girls
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
  • Extended/longer school day
Is there an application process?
  • Yes

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Hybrid
  • Standards-based
  • Teacher-run
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Arabic languages
  • Spanish
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Special education coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
School leaders can update this information here.

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